The Summerfield JV Boys basketball team improved to 16-2 on the season, defeating the rival Whiteford Bobcats Friday night in a thrilling start to the Coming Home events of the evening.
Before I get to the game, I have to tip my cap to one of our opponents – Whiteford’s Isaac Badenhop poured in a whopping 27 points. Not only was that good enough to be high scorer in the game, but Badenhop’s 27 were the most points any opposing player has scored against the Summerfield JV’s in any of the last 4 years (the last 3 of which of course have been outstanding teams having outstanding seasons, and that 4th team was young offensively, but still very good defensively). It was truly a special performance that included 5 makes from behind the 3-point line. If anyone from either side of the rivalry reads this and has the opportunity to give Isaac a big pat on the back and to pass along a “job well done” from Coach Andrews, please do so. He was outstanding, and I’d like him to have all the recognition he deserves.
On to the game…
Summerfield jumped out to an early lead, and looked like they may be able to take control of the game in the first half. But Whiteford got hot late in the first quarter, and made a series of tough 3 points attempts to take the 1 point lead after 1.
In the second quarter, the Bulldogs again tried to build a lead, only to find the Bobcats pour in a series of VERY difficult shots AND get fouled, AND convert on the FT to keep the game tight. But the bulldogs then responded and built a 6 point lead at the half.
At half, I told several observers that I thought both teams played their best half of the entire season in the first half. Whiteford made shot after shot, while the Bulldogs offensive rhythm, movement, cuts, and passing were as good as I’ve seen them. Anyone who ever wondered what the Bulldog offense was supposed to look like at its best absolutely saw that in the first half.
After an early exchange of baskets in the 3rd quarter, Whiteford mounted a run and eventually tied the game at 40. The Bulldogs used a time-out, regrouped, refocused, and won the next 3 minutes 8-2. Whiteford responded with a time-out and regrouping of their own, closing out the quarter on a run of their own to close the score to 48-47 SHS after 3.
The 4th quarter belonged largely to the SHS commitment to attacking the basket. SHS center Bryce Smith went 3-6 at the FT line the 4th quarter, while wings Keith Richards and Brendan Dafoe were excelling attacking the basket with the drive, combining to go 5-6 from the line in the decisive 4th quarter, while also each converting one of those drives for a bucket. Whiteford made 7 triples in the game, but couldn’t knock one down in the 4th when they needed it, and the Bulldogs were able to pull away for the 8 point win.
The JV Bulldogs close out the final week of the season with 2 games: Tuesday at home vs Blissfield (no truth to the rumor that Coach Andrews will have on his purple and gold tie) and Thursday at Dundee.